GA drivers will need to put down the phone

GA drivers will need to put down the phone
Post Commander of the Georgia State Patrol Jason Ellis states the importance of putting your phone down while driving. (Source:WALB)
Post Commander of the Georgia State Patrol Jason Ellis states the importance of putting your phone down while driving. (Source:WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Governor Deal signed the hands-free driving bill on Wednesday and the bill will become effective on July 1.

We constantly check phone calls, look down at our phone for GPS directions, and in the mornings we drink our coffee.

Soon drivers will have to be more cautious when they get in the car and make sure both hands are on the wheel.

This bill prohibits drivers from holding anything while they are driving.

Sixteen states already implemented this bill.

Georgia hopes this bill will bring down accidents related to distracted driving.

Georgia State Patrol realizes its hard to break a habit and some officers might give you a warning before they write you a ticket.

A first offense will start out at $50.

"For a period of time, usually around 90 days we will try to educate the public and get the word out via media outlets as well as on the side of the road for folks to be a little bit more careful and to put their phones down," said Georgia State Patrol Albany Post Commander Jason Ellis.

Not all law enforcement will give the 90 day grace period. It's best now to get in the habit of putting your phone down and setting up blue tooth connection in your car as well as not using stop lights as a time to eat, drink, or even do makeup.

If you don't have blue tooth in your car, you can connect your aux cord through your phone and listen to phone conversations and GPS through your speakers.

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